2017

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May 18, 2017

NewscastStudio judges award NBC Olympics Studio in Rio Top Honors for Special Event Set Design

The NBC RIO Olympics set took home top honors in the international category from Newscast Studio for its vibrant design that combined references to Brazilian architecture and geography and used a wide range of materials to create an eclectic but sleek look. Leyard provided three Leyard® TVH Series LED video walls for the NBC Olympics set within the International Broadcast Center and one Leyard TVH Series LED video wall for NBC’s outdoor set in Brazil. The Leyard video walls included a 13-foot wide by 13-foot tall video wall comprised of 169 displays, as well as an 8-foot wide by 7-foot tall video wall made up of 56 displays, both with a 1.9mm pixel More…

Leyard TVH Series , LED Video Wall , case studies

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May 04, 2017

How much does an LED video wall cost?

This is a frequent question we are asked. Especially after people see the visual impact of a seamless video wall at one of our trade shows or at one of our installations. Like all the great questions of life, the answer requires some explanation. The cost of an LED wall is a function of its physical size, the number of pixels packed into the wall, the quality of the LED components, and other value-added features. So many decisions affect the final price and it is useful to explore them all before selecting a product for your application. We’ll begin with the physical size of the wall. The size of the wall is measured generally in square meters or in More…

LED Calculator , LED Video Wall , Cost

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Apr 27, 2017

What questions should customers be asking their display vendors?

We had a chance to connect recently with Marques Girardelli, our manager of electronics platforms at Planar and Leyard and I asked him “What should customers be asking their integrators and display vendors?” and here were some of the ideas that topped his list. These are all great questions that will help you specify the right display for your next project. Rather than just asking about HDMI 2.0 support, ask about what features are supported What is the max resolution? What color sub-sampling rates are supported, and at what resolutions? What color depth is supported? Is HDCP 2.2 supported? On which connectors? What are the max cable More…

displays , customers , vendors , advice

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Apr 13, 2017

Why Cables Matter

As a display manufacturer, we typically don’t talk about cables in our marketing and probably leave undiscussed one of the biggest sources of incompatibility and image quality degregation in the market. HDMI cables come in five different performance categories: Standard HDMI cable Standard HDMI cable with Ethernet Standard Automotive HDMI cable High Speed HDMI cable High Speed HDMI cable with Ethernet The primary difference between Standard HDMI cables and High Speed HDMI cables relates to the video timing formats that can be supported. Standard HDMI cables can support up to 720p or 1080i, whereas High Speed HDMI cables support 1080p and More…

Cable , hdmi , ethernet

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Apr 06, 2017

5 Reasons to Participate in Our Content Developer Program

Leyard and Planar’s Content Developer Program aims to be a high-quality resource for the vibrant digital signage industry of capable content developers, marketing agencies, experience design firms, motion graphics studios, interactive application developers, and other consultants prepared to help clients deploy engaging digital signage installations. It takes collaboration from hardware, software, and service vendors to create a high-quality solution for our customers. Below are the top 5 reasons the Content Developer Program could benefit your business: Event PartnershipsLeyard and Planar exhibit at major industry tradeshows all around the world More…

Content , digital signage , Partnerships

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Mar 30, 2017

How is brightness calculated?

One of the key specifications that customers use to determine what display might be right for their application is brightness. Brightness is measured in candelas per meter squared (cd/m2) or nits. Like “horse power” is to automobile engine power, so are nits to displays. They are simply a measure of how many candles of brightness a display is equivalent to. A 300 nit desktop monitor has the light power of 300 candles lighting a square meter of space. A 1,500 nit outdoor display has the power of 1,500 candles (which seems like a lot, until you do the unfair comparison of a display to the sun, sustains life on earth and is significantly brighter than More…

Brightness , High Bright

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Mar 23, 2017

Fundamentals of LED Backlights

There are two types of LED backlights (in simple terms), edge-lit and direct. EDGE LIT In an edge-lit backlight, there is a row of LED light emitters (usually white) along one, two, or three edges of a backlight with reflective films and coatings to funnel that light across the entire back of an LCD panel in a uniform manner. Advantages: Results in a thin overall LCD display profile. If you see a panel that is very, very thin, most likely it is using an edge-lit backlight design. It is lower cost since it uses less LEDs to cover a larger area of display. Disadvantages: Can have some brightness uniformity issues, creating bright edges of More…

LED , LED backlighting , led backlit , led edge-lit , LED Direct Lit

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Mar 16, 2017

8 Things to Know about NaturalPoint

As of January 27th, the acquisition was finalized. They are now part of the family! See news here. NaturalPoint, and their OptiTrack brand, is the undisputed market leader in the growing category of optical tracking and motion capture solutions. They use specialized cameras to track reflectors or LED’s placed on people and objects as they move through space. The kind of trackers that are used for CGI movie production, motion capture for video games, sports performance analysis, and increasingly for VR gameplay, like The Void or the GhostBuster’s Experience at Madam Tussaud’s in New York City. The founder, Jim Richardson, started his career in More…

NaturalPoint , Innovation , virtual reality

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Mar 09, 2017

Why AV Manufacturers Build at Home

For over 30 years we’ve continually operated US manufacturing operations in service to our North American and global customers. With over 300 employees, vendors, and partners in the US, we’re able to better manage quality control, time to market, a tight relationship with R&D, distribution, and the ability to customize swiftly to customer needs. This combination of services have contributed to our great reputation for service, innovation, and market leadership. To learn more about our ongoing commitment to providing the best for our US customers, check out the below excerpt from Sound and Video Contractor Magazine’s exclusive interview with CMO, More…

manufacturing , America , Employment

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Mar 02, 2017

What is an LED?

LED stands for “light emitting diode” and it is a semiconductor device that converts an electrical current to visible light. It is a self-emitting light source. Because of its relative power efficiency, solid-state design, and long life-span it is a popular building material for a number of product categories: LED architectural lighting, replacing incandescent or fluorescent bulbs in light fixtures both indoor and outdoor. These LEDs are structured to emit white light. LED backlights used in LCD (liquid crystal displays) and video walls as a light source, replacing cold cathode fluorescent lights (CCFL) in flat panel displays and monitors. In More…

LED , Light Emitting Diode